London faith communities safety for places of worship

The safety and security of places of worship is a concern at this time, in the wake of recent attacks on churches, mosques and synagogues in New Zealand, Sri Lanka and the USA as well as earlier attacks, such as on a gurdwara in the USA and of hate crime in the UK.

On Wednesday 8th May, City Hall in collaboration with Faiths Forum for London and Faith Associates brought together faith and community groups to deliver advice on practical steps that can be taken to improve safety and mitigate security risks for places of worship.

Fr Gerard Mitchell SJ, Trustee of Faiths Forum for London, led an act of remembrance, which included a moment of silence, for the victims of the #SriLankanTerrorAttacks among other atrocities.

There were presentations by Faith Associates, The Community Security Trust, Metropolitan Police and Charity Commission on the importance of preparation, being aware of your local police officers, and were signposted to the right resources.

What steps are you taking to ensure your building, event and the community is secure? How do you work with partners and the police?  What are your response plans to any incident? were amongn the key points from the evening.

Rajnish Kashyap of Hindu Council UK and Council of Dharmic Faiths UK closed the conference emphasising the importance of good inter faith relations in building strong and resilient communities.

This article was sourced from a news item on Faiths Forum's website.